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House of the Dragon: Rhaenrya defies her father King Viserys by refusing to marry

Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) refuses to marry and defies her father King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) in the third episode of House of the Dragon… which features another big time jump.

Fans were surprised when the Game of Thrones prequel series – set 172 years before the events of GoT – jumped ahead six months from the series premiere to last week’s second episode.

The second episode ended with Viserys announcing he plans to marry Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey), with the third episode jumping ahead in time three years, with Viserys and Alicent now doting over Visery’s first born son, Aegon Targaryen, the future heir to the Iron Throne.

Rhaenyra refuses: Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) refuses to marry and defies her father King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) in the third episode of House of the Dragon... which features another big time jump

Rhaenyra refuses: Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) refuses to marry and defies her father King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) in the third episode of House of the Dragon… which features another big time jump

Marry: The second episode ended with Viserys announcing he plans to marry Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey), with the third episode jumping ahead in time three years, with Viserys and Alicent now doting over Visery's first born son, Aegon Targaryen, the future heir to the Iron Throne

Marry: The second episode ended with Viserys announcing he plans to marry Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey), with the third episode jumping ahead in time three years, with Viserys and Alicent now doting over Visery’s first born son, Aegon Targaryen, the future heir to the Iron Throne

The episode begins with The Craffeeder and his men killing off Targaryen men in the most brutal fashion.

One of them says the Targaryen family will come for them, before his head is impaled with a spike.

Suddenly, a dragon appears, setting fire to The Crabfeeder’s men, though one of the dragon’s feet crushes one of the Targaryen soldiers to death.

The dragon is laying waste to everything it sees, which is revealed to be the dragon of Prince Daemon (Matt Smith), who calls out to The Crabfeeder.

A number of The Grabfeeder’s soldiers start firing flaming arrows at Daemon and the Dragon, before he retreats back to the  sky. 

The episode cuts back to the Red Keep, where King Viserys is celebrating the second birthday of his son Aegon, revealing the show has leapt forward 3 years.

The King is told that the situation in the Stepstones is quite urgent but Viserys is not interested in hearing about it today.

Viserys grows impatient that his daughter Rhaenyra is nowhere to be found, as she’s seen outside, sitting under a tree, reading a large text.

Alicent comes to find her, revealing she’s currently expecting another child, revealing Rhaenyra’s presence is requested.

The man singing for the princess is ordered to leave by Queen Alicent, but Rhaenyra asks him to stay, though the Queen orders him to leave.

Rhaenyra asks if the King demands her presence and she says he does, but she storms as Alicent says it doesn’t have to be this way.

The whole family is seen traveling in a carriage, as they hint that Rhaenyra should start thinking about having children, though she’s uninterested.

Viserys asks her to join her on the hunt and she’s quite uninterested as Rhaenyra reminds her father, ‘No one is here for me.’

They arrive in a small village where the townsfolk celebrate the King’s arrival, ass Otto waits for him, applauding his safe arrival. 

Rhaenyra joins the celebration reluctantly though she isn’t speaking with anyone, though the King notices a man noticing Rhaenyra.

She ultimately joins Alicent chatting with a number of women, one of whom insists the Crown is at war though the King refuses to acknowledge it. 

‘And how have you served the realm, Lady Redwyne? By eating cake?’ Rhaenyra asks, before leaving the group.

Rhaenyra heads outside, when she’s approached by Lord Jason Lanister (Jefferson Hall), who suggests he would do anything for the Throne or his ‘lady wife.’

She smiles and thanks him for the wine before storming off and going straight to her father, as they start arguing about how she does not wish to get married.

‘Even I do not exist above tradition and duty!’ Viserys screams at his daughter, before Otto interrupts, saying there has been a sighting of the White Hart, a, ‘regal portent’ for Aegon’s name day.

Rhaenyra takes a horse and rides off into the woods, though she’s followed and stopped by Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel).

He asks what is wrong and she says she’s angry at her father for trying to sell her off to Jason Lanister.

Criston jokingly asks if she wants him to kill him, and he suggests they return but she says it’s a beautiful day and they should take in the Kingswood.

She asks who he is betrothed to and he says hiss station was never high enough for a formal betrothal, as she says it must be nice to have a say in his own life.

He says when he was named to the Kingsguard it was the greatest honor any Cole has ever known.

The King Viserys and Otto join a number of others in the woods, to sssearch for the great stag.

Jason Lanister approaches King Viserys and says he has had a spear forged for Aegon, wishing he would kill the great stag with it.

Jason says he would be honored to take the Princess Rhaenyra as his wife, as he hints he offers strength, as he wonders of Lanister has any dragons.

Lanister assumes that Aegon would be named the new heir, but Viserys becomes angry that he assumed such a thing, insisting Rhaenyra is still the heir.

‘I did not decide to name Rhaenyra my heir on a whim. All the lords of the kingdom would do well to remember that,’ Viserys says.

Otto goes to speak with Viserys, saying he is Rhaenyra’s king and she would do as he says, though Viserys says he doesn’t want to order her, and he wants her to be happy.

Otto suggests that he betrothe Rhaenyra to his two-year-old newborn son Aegon, which also angers Viserys.

‘I came here to hunt. Not to be suffocated by all this f***ing politicking,’ Viserys adds as Otto leaves.

The King is approached by Lyonel Strong, who says the best match for Rhaenyra is The Sea Snake, Ser Laenor.

‘Some years ago, I counseled you to take his sister to wife. My reasoning remains the same. Laenor is of pure Valyrian descent. He shares blood with your cousin, the Princess Rhaenys. And he is the heir to the wealthiest house in the realm. The breach between your houses has not narrowed since I last spoke of it. It would do much to assuage Lord Corlys of any slights real… Or imagined,’ Lyonel says, adding they must pray that Laenor survives any fighting in the Stepstones.

The King comes down from his throne and puts a hand on Lyonel, but doesn’t reveal what he thinks about the offer.

Rhaenyra and Criston are sitting around a fire, as Criston pleads for them to return, as Rhaenyra asks if the realm would ever accept her as their queen.

‘They’ll have no choice but to, Princess,’ Criston says, as they hear rustling near the horses as Criston goes to investigate with his sword at the ready. 

A wild boar rushes out of the woods and knocks down Criston, and starts attacking Rhaenyra, before Criston drives a sword through its head.

The boar is not dead yet, though, as Rhaenyra finishes it off with several stabs from her own dagger.

Viserys is outside watching a huge fire as he’s joined by Queen Alicent, telling her that he named Rhaenyra heir to protect her from Daemon.

He says he saw a dream, where, ‘A male babe born to me… Wearing the Conqueror’s crown. And I so wanted it to be true, to be a dreamer myself. I sought that vision again, night after night… But it never came again.’

‘I poured all my thought and will into it. And my obsession killed Rhaenyra’s mother. I thought Rhaenyra was the way out of my abyss of grief and regret. And naming her heir would begin to set things right,’ he adds, though he never expected to remarry or have a son.

The next day, the hunting party found a large stag, though it’s not the great white stag they had seen.

They have the stag tied up as Jason Lanister presents the spear to Viseryss for the final kill blow.

He tries to kill the stag but it will not go down, when another shows him where to stab the beast, which he does, finally killing it, as his party applauds. 

The significant time jumps have been quite surprising, considering how its predecessor Game of Thrones did not employ them.

At some point in the series, Milly Alcock and Emily Carey will be replaced by older actors Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke, so there will be more time jumps coming in the 10-episode season.

While it’s unclear if the series plans on ending in a way that would line up with the beginning of Game of Thrones, though if more time jumps are afoot, it would be possible.

Alicent: At some point in the series, Milly Alcock and Emily Carey will be replaced by older actors Emma D'Arcy and Olivia Cooke, so there will be more time jumps coming in the 10-episode season

Alicent: At some point in the series, Milly Alcock and Emily Carey will be replaced by older actors Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke, so there will be more time jumps coming in the 10-episode season

Time jumps: While it's unclear if the series plans on ending in a way that would line up with the beginning of Game of Thrones, though if more time jumps are afoot, it would be possible

Time jumps: While it’s unclear if the series plans on ending in a way that would line up with the beginning of Game of Thrones, though if more time jumps are afoot, it would be possible

Viserys’ announcement that he would marry Alicent – the daughter of his Hand of the King, Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) also meant that he rejected the proposal of another member of the small council, Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) and his wife Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best).

Corlys and Rhaneys had proposed that Viserys – whose wife Aemma (Sian Brooke) died while giving birth to their son – marry their daughter Laena (Nova Foueillis-Mose).

Viserys did meet with young Laena, though he was quite taken aback at how young she was at just 12 years of age.

Viseryss: Viserys' announcement that he would marry Alicent - the daughter of his Hand of the King, Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) also meant that he rejected the proposal of another member of the small council, Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) and his wife Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best).

Viseryss: Viserys’ announcement that he would marry Alicent – the daughter of his Hand of the King, Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) also meant that he rejected the proposal of another member of the small council, Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) and his wife Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best).

Laena was certainly eager to provide the king with an heir – and unite both their great Valyrian houses – though she admitted her mother told her that he would not get to ‘bed’ her until she turned 14.

When Viserys announced he was marrying Alicent, Corlys met with the king’s estranged brother Daemon (Matt Smith), which could cause some intense drama throughout the rest of this season.

House of the Dragon was already renewed for a second season, following the show’s record-breaking premiere with over 10 million people tuning in. 

Corlys: When Viserys announced he was marrying Alicent, Corlys met with the king's estranged brother Daemon (Matt Smith), which could cause some intense drama throughout the rest of this season

Corlys: When Viserys announced he was marrying Alicent, Corlys met with the king’s estranged brother Daemon (Matt Smith), which could cause some intense drama throughout the rest of this season

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